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World Retail Congress brings together not only the best content but the opportunity to explore the host city through the Retail Study Tour and exclusive events. The Congress is also unique as we celebrate legendary retailers and provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from the next generation of retail as part of the Future Retail Challenge.

Retail Study Tour

Exclusively curated for the Congress, the Retail Study Tour gives delegates the opportunity to explore the best of the hand-picked stores available in the host city. From new store openings through to the most established and iconic of stores, the Retail Study Tour on the first morning, is the perfect way to start the Congress. 


Three days of content

The Congress programme is formed around the issues affecting retail leadership most today. From the macro issues to the micro, more than 100 speakers take to the stage to challenge and inspire attendees, providing tangible takeaways to progress businesses and the industry.


Future Retail Challenge

The Future Retail Challenge student competition has become an established and popular part of the World Retail Congress. In 2023 it will enter its 14th year and seeks to promote future talent in the retail industry across the world. Partnering with universities around the globe, the Future Retail Challenge promotes the work that the colleges do, the range of talented students and brings the students’ fresh thinking and new ideas on retail into the Congress itself.


Exclusive research

To ensure attendees come away with actionable intel, exclusive research reports are published each year around the key themes and challenges. For 2023, this is no different and we will be working with key knowledge partners to publish research and reports in Barcelona next April.


Opening Party - 25th April

The World Retail Congress opening party, taking place on the first evening, kicks the Congress off in style helping attendees get to know one another straightaway in a memorable setting.

World Retail Hall of Fame

Launched in 2007 with a founding group of 100 members, The Hall of Fame honours retail’s most influential representatives. Each year, the Congress inducts three to four new members, recognising the achievement of individuals whose ideas have shaped retailing through the businesses and brands they have created, or by their skills in running the retail industry’s giants.


Woman of the Year Award

At World Retail Congress we know the value of women’s voices in the retail sphere. So, to honour empowering female leadership, we will be presenting the Woman of the Year Award at our in-person event through an exciting ceremony. Find out who will be appointed our Woman of the Year for 2023.


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